Master of Ceremonies and Performance by Kewulay Kamara, Finah or Oral Historian and Poet from the Mandeng Tradition in Sierra Leone, with Master Kora Players Saleu Suso and Malang Jobarteh. Kamara began the performance with an invocation that brings peace, reconciliation and harmony among members of a community and spirits past and present. Through the artistry of spoken word, he expressed the reciprocity between community and water, giving back to the spirit of water. He engaged artists and audiences in a celebration of this vital life force of water that represents the unity of all living beings. Throughout the evening, Kamara’s words also flowed through the other performances. This was part of Celebrating Water: A Showcase of Master Artists from the NYFA Folk Artist Development Program on May 27th, 2012 at Greenwich House Music School.
Videography: Joliana Hunter-Ellin
Production: Anna Mulé